Mobile phones push drivers' buttons
Drivers distracted by talking on their mobile phones is the thing most likely to get motorists hot under the collar, according to new research by Carcraft.
In a survey of 2,000 British motorists, the used car supermarket identified mobile phone use as the most common cause of road rage amongst car drivers, with over three quarters of respondents (76 per cent) stating that it annoyed them to see someone paying more attention to their phone than the road ahead.
With one in four car crashes now linked to mobile phone use, it's not difficult to see why drivers are getting vexed by this selfish behaviour.
A similar number of drivers were likely to get irate with drivers following too closely behind or not using their indicators – issues that again impact on the safety of other road users.
Britain's two million potholes didn't go under the radar, however, being amongst the top five causes of road rage. However, traditionally infuriating behaviour, such as poor parking and middle lane hoggers were less of an issue for drivers, presumably due to them being less of a road safety issue.
Colin Houlihan, CEO of Carcraft, commented: "Driving for many is no longer an enjoyable experience and is now just a means of getting from A to B.
"It's particularly interesting that the typical causes of road rage such as road works and middle lane driving are lower down the list. However we're sure the growing menace of potholes will only infuriate more motorists as we approach winter and the conditions of British roads continue to worsen."
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